Say what you want about John Stewart, but the "Daily Show" brought in serious ratings when he was on it. The liberal talk show host drew an average of 1.3 million viewers per night.
Trevor Noah, handpicked by Stewart to replace him, is calling it quits after the show slumped to an average of 363,000 viewers per night. That's a drop of roughly 75% if you're keeping track at home.
“I’ve loved hosting the show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges,” Noah announced Thursday, but was anyone listening? “It’s been one of my greatest joys. I’ve loved trying to make people laugh, even when the stories are particularly [expletive] on the worst days. We’ve laughed together. We’ve cried together. But, after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”
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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 30, 2022
Noah stepped into an incredible opportunity and instead of growing the audience, he evaporated it. Even with the backing of a multinational corporation like Paramount Media Networks behind him the ratings dropped.
While Stewart's far-left views were certainly an annoyance, he was undeniably talented. Noah played politics on a daily basis and if you do that you must be good at it. He certainly was not.
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